Mississippi plans to fly a new state flag — a flag without the Confederate battle emblem in the corner. The state House and Senate voted Sunday to retire the current flag, and Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to sign the measure . Democratic state Sen. Derrick Simmons voted for the bill, which calls for a nine-member commission to design a new flag that includes the phrase "In God We Trust." As an African American growing up and working in Mississippi, Simmons says the flag represents "hate and not love." It has flown since 1894. "It was a very hateful oppressive and divisive symbol," he tells Morning Edition . "Let's take this flag down," he says, "but let's also address all the other issues that we face in Mississippi." The...
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Mississippi Black Lawmaker On Taking Down The Flag: A Symbol Of 'Hate And Not Love'